Friday, 27 January 2012

The Devizes Carnival celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and ABD is proud to be the lead sponsor!

Devizes has a long tradition of fairs, markets and carnivals…

The Devizes Carnival and International Street Festival are an exciting mix of traditional and contemporary carnival styles. The Devizes Carnival is the biggest outdoor community event in the town’s calendar and consists of 2 weeks of festival activities in late August and early September. It is one of the biggest outdoor celebrations in Wiltshire last year’s Carnival drawing over 10,000 people to Devizes!  The Carnival events include the Devizes International Street Festival, Picnic in the Park, Confetti Battle and the Carnival Procession amongst lots of other supporting events.

The Picnic in the park, which is a free event, is held in Hillworth Park Devizes and features a range of musicians playing live music to people whilst they enjoy their picnics.

 “Last year we had the biggest crowd ever, with 500 people attending. It’s a fun and social event and Hillworth Park is a lovely venue.”  Gazette and Herald Newspaper

The Confetti Battle which takes place over the Carnival weekend is a popular local tradition that has been taking place for many years, and one in which everyone can take part.

The Devizes Carnival Parade is a spectacular event and promises to be even more spectacular this year marking its 100th anniversary. The parade starts on the green and goes through the town centre.  A free community costume making workshop has been available to anyone wanting to build a float or take part in the Parade!

ABD will be the lead sponsor for these exiting events and is proud to be supporting the community!

Thursday, 19 January 2012



ABD Personal Injury Team is always on the case. Rachel Fereday P I solicitor who is based at the Devizes office was approached by Mr X to help. This case was initially a personal injury case for an accident at work…

It all started when Mr X was working at a bingo club in Manchester. The club ran out of beer, so they arranged for one to be delivered from one of their other clubs in the area which arrived by taxi. Mr X was asked to help his manager lift the full beer barrel out of the taxi which was awkward and extremely heavy. In doing that, together with the act of subsequently needing to tilt the barrel to move it into an upright position, he injured his back.

His back strain then developed into an epidural abscess which required surgery. Mr X was left with ongoing back pain, loss of feeling in his feet, needing to use a wheelchair the majority of the time and essentially needing “round the clock” care from his wife. He was only 29 years of age at the time of the accident.

The claim against the employer was initially fiercely defended but Rachel kept the pressure on and eventually the employer conceded primary liability.

During the course of obtaining expert evidence on Mr X’s injuries, the issue of clinical negligence was raised. The expert opinion was that on admission to hospital with the clinical signs that he had, Mr X should have been referred to a specialist unit within 12 hours but instead that was not done for 5 days. Expert opinion was that if treatment had been instituted sooner his long term outcome would have been better.

The Hospital NHS Trust was therefore joined to the court proceedings.

There were several experts involved in the case who agreed that Mr X should have been referred to the specialist unit within at most one day and that had treatment been instigated sooner his long term outcome would have been better.

A care report was obtained to assess Mr X’s position and what aids and equipment could be purchased to improve his quality of life. A pain management report was also obtained to see if treatment could improve his levels of pain and/or help him cope with it.

A date was set for a 3 day Trial to start but, shortly before this, a meeting took place between the legal representatives for the 3 parties in which a settlement was negotiated at £410,000 for Mr X. This settlement was paid partly by the employer and partly by the NHS Trust.

The compensation agreed included the cost of future care that Mr X needed for the rest of his life, equipment and aids (e.g. purchase and maintenance of wheelchairs etc), loss of earnings and the cost of pain management to help him cope with his ongoing pain.

So, thanks to Rachel’s persistent efforts, this compensation can now be used to improve the quality of Mr X’s life.